NGOs play growing role in China’s healthcare system

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Over the past decade, more and more charitable organizations in China have become involved in medical assistance, according to a recent report by the Philanthropy Times.

Under the guidance of laws and policies such as the regulations on the management of foundations, the direct registration of social organizations and the Charity Law, Chinese NGOs have become increasingly visible and active in delivering medical aid.

The number of NGOs involved in medical assistance has been growing, ranging from foundations with official backgrounds to foundations initiated by corporate medical institutions, social work institutions, patient organizations, and charity organizations initiated by medical staff.

The resources directed to the field of medical assistance are now highly diversified, and include funds and medicines donated by businesses, treatment provided by medical institutions, special funds from government procurement, and money raised through internet fundraising.

Donations by NGOs to medical causes are also becoming more efficient, from assistance given for individual cases to large-scale relief operations, from supporting the development of medical institutions to subsidizing academic research and setting up universities to train more medical professionals, with an increasingly broad focus.

Meanwhile, the work of NGOs involved in delivering medical aid has become more professional over the years, providing comprehensive support for disease prevention, screening, surgery and rehabilitation, as well as various forms of services such as counseling, family care and companionship.

Over the past decade, the positioning of NGOs in the country’s healthcare provision has become more defined, and charitable medical assistance has become an indispensable part of the country’s government-led, multi-tiered medical security system.